MILWAUKEE – The Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference announced its postseason awards for the 2019 softball season, with the Alverno softball team represented by senior Andie Vandertie, who was selected as a member of the All-Conference Second Team.
Vandertie earns her first All-Conference honor, and becomes the first Inferno to receive all-conference recognition since the 2015 season when Erin Dulek '15 earned second team honors. Vandertie becomes the 11th player in program history to earn either first or second team honors, while also becoming the 22nd softball player overall to receive postseason honors from the conference.
She ended her senior season as the Alverno's leader in batting average with a .409, on-base percentage with a .453, and slugging percentage with a .559. She also led the team with 52 total hits, which was the sixth highest total amongst NACC softball players.
Vandertie also led the team with four home runs, which was also sixth highest in the NACC, while leading the team with three home runs in conference play. She amassed 71 overall total bases to lead the team, which was the ninth highest total in the NACC, while her team-leading 11 extra-base hits also led the team and placed her in the top-20 within the conference.
In addition to leading the team in several offensive categories, Vandertie was second on the team with seven doubles and 30 RBIs, while also ending the season fourth on the team in walks and was fifth on the team in runs.
She played both 1st Base and 3rd Base defensively, and was second on the team in defensive putouts with 108 and was fourth on the team in defensive assists with 36
Vandertie finished her Alverno career eighth all-time in batting average with a .352 average, while she was also ninth in slugging percentage (.438) and on-base percentage (.402). She ends her career fifth on the all-time hits list with 147, and also sixth on the all-time home runs list with six. For her career she is also sixth on the all-time list in RBIs (73) and total bases (183).
Earning the Conference Player of the Year was Elaine Walker of Aurora, while Wisconsin Lutheran pitcher Abby Mahsem was selected as the league's top pitcher. Gina Followell of Concordia Wisconsin eared Freshman of the Year honors, while her head coach Steve Crook was selected as the NACC Coach of the Year. Concordia Wisconsin won the NACC Conference Championship, and will serve as the top seed in the 2019 NACC Softball Tournament, taking place from May 2 through May 4.
Alverno finished the season with 12 victories in 2019 and will look to retool its roster heading into the 2020 season under second-year head coach Ben Lipson.